Horses are MESMERIZING to preschoolers! You can use these in bible stories, free play, or to get them to travel in a posse from one class to another! I assembled quite a herd of groupies as I went to our weekday preschool to ask Easton to be a model for my horse!
- Pool noodle
- giant googly eyes (WM or Hobby)
- hot glue gun
- Fold the end of the noodle down to make the head. Secure with a length of yarn wrapped around several times and tied tightly.
- Cut the mane and the ears as shown below in the last picture. The mane is a leaf shape with fringes cut in from the edge.
- Fold the mane in the middle and crease it. Run a bead of hot glue down the back of the head and press in the folded mane. NOTE: Hot glue melts the noodles. Use only as much as you need, it will make holes if you get a bit zealous. You can press the mane into the groove that the hot glue makes in the noodle and it helps it look more realistic.
- Fold the ears at the bottom and hot glue them on either side of the head.
- Cut the inside of the ears (smaller leaf shape) and the nostrils (ovals) from felt.
- Glue googly eyes, nostrils and inside of ears to the horse.
- Make reins by cutting 24 inch lengths of yarn and braiding them. Run the braid through the loop in the head. Place a few dots of glue to secure. Tie the two ends of the reins together.